This week marks ten years I've been using LiveJournal. I joined on June 12th, 2001 at the recommendation of slyviolet
(mlechan back then). I didn't get around to making my first post
until the 16th though. This is my 1280th post; I've received 2364 comments and posted 4389 (there may be some overlap).
My postiest month was February, 2007
with 30 entries, better than when I was doing daily words
the year before. I also managed 29 posts in January, 2004
when I'd graduated but hadn't yet started a salaried job. I've had a few months with only two posts, and this April I managed just one
In the early days, the way you found an LJ post again was through memories
, which is the easy way to find my erstwhile project of interest haiku
. Since then, they've added per-post tags
, which is a more streamlined way for me to find all the posts I've written about, say, unicode
. The tag which probably hast the most interesting entries is shower meme
, which is one of the best ideas to come out of LJ-land. There are also some nice posts about the economy
, travel updates from China
and Central America
. My most popular tag is pun
, but I still don't write them all down as my mom always insisted. (Of course, my mom doesn't read my LiveJournal, so she doesn't see the puns I do
As I was randomly poking around posts in preparation for this one, I found a note
from my school's tenth graduation:
I have a special reverence for ten year reflections, due to the line from Pink Floyd's song Time: And then one day you find / Ten years have got behind you / No one told you when to run / You missed the starting gun.
, "friend" a stranger, pick my own name and photo, filter which friends I want to read, filter which friends can read me (even though I keep everything public), and throw as many links around as I want. So there :-P
In spring 2007
, LiveJournal was as big as Facebook; as of summer 2010
its near neighbor was Tumblr. I've recently been less than frequent with updates, in part because my life's been pretty regular and in part because my social networking instincts are often satisfied at work by Buzz. But I intend to keep blogging here, and maybe some day I'll get back from a festival with enough energy to talk at length about my crazy adventures.
In a sense, I'm kind of glad that other sites have drawn away the users with short attention spans: my friends page these days has as high a signal-to-noise ratio as ever, full of posts by folks focused on thoughtful writing. When I come back from vacation, I make sure to catch up on email and LiveJournal; everything else can slip through the stream.
So hey, thanks for reading me all these years. And thanks for sharing your own words. Together we make a great place. And feel free to add tags to my old posts